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Department ofReligious Studies

Roberto Mata

Roberto Mata
Assistant Professor

Roberto Mata is an assistant professor of Contextual Biblical Studies at Santa Clara University. He received his M.Div. and Th.D. in New Testament/Early Christianity from Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Mata’s research focuses on migration in biblical literature and its intersection with colonialism, race/ethnicity, and diaspora. Dr. Mata’s current book project uses migrant narratives to interrogate Revelation’s use of the Exodus story and recast it as a subversive call to migrate and address the colonial situation of the seven “churches.” A passionate instructor and mentor, Dr. Mata is the recipient of Harvard's Derek Bok Center Award for teaching excellence and Harvard Divinity’s  William’s Fellowship. He also obtained a nationally recognized teaching certificate from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). Dr. Mata is a recipient of various fellowships from recognized organizations in theological education, including the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI), the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), and the Louisville Institute. He also serves the academy as Vice-president of La Comunidad of Latinx Scholars and Theologians.

Research Interests:

Apocalypse of John
Latinx Diaspora
Border Pedagogy


Latinx Biblical Interpretation
Apocalypse Now
Racializing Jesus
The Bible and Empire
Religions of the Book




  • Coming Out of Babylon: The Eschatological Migration of God’s People in the Apocalypse of John (Under contract with Lexington Fortress Press).


  •  “Self-Deporting from Babylon? A Latinx Borderlands Reading of Revelation 18:4” Reading Biblical Texts Together: Doing Minoritized Biblical Criticism (Editors Fernando Segovia and Benny T. Lieu; SBL press forthcoming 2021).
  • “Border Crossing into the New Jerusalem: The Eschatological Migration of God’s People in Revelation 2:12-2:29” in The Bible and Migration (Edited by Efrain Agosto & Jackie Hidalgo. Palgrave Press, 2018).
  • “Beyond Socialization and Attrition: Border Pedagogy in Biblical Studies,” In Transforming Graduate Biblical Education Ethos and Discipline (Edited by Elisabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza and Kent Harold Richards. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010).


  • “The Deportation of “Juan”: Migration Rhetoric and Empire in the Book of Revelation” in Open Theology (forthcoming Spring 2021).
  • “Border-Patrolling the New Jerusalem: A Response to Jackie Hidalgo’s Revelation and Aztlan: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement,” in Perspectivas: Journal of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, editorial issue 15 (2018): 91-97.

In the News

April 1, 2021

Roberto Mata spoke at Harvard's ReVista Launch with the theme of religion and spirituality.